New Taxes Being Considered in Minnesota Counties

By KBJR News 1

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Two new taxes are being considered in Minnesota counties to pay for road and bridge projects.

St. Louis County commissioners are debating whether to charge drivers a $10 tax per vehicle registration and plate renewal, to go towards road repairs.

The proposed fee would raise between $1.5 to $1.8 million dollars annually.

"We have over 3,000 miles of roads in St. Louis County and a good chunk of them are not in good condition, and so this would be an option for us to improve the condition of some of those roads," said St. Louis County Communications Manager, Dana Kazel.

The other sales tax would include a one-half of a percent county tax which would also go towards county road construction projects.

This sales tax would potentially generate $8.5 to $11 million dollars annually.

On Tuesday the St. Louis County Board will vote to enact these taxes or to delay any further decisions until next June.

Elsa Robins